SHARE IF YOU CARE: Suitcases and duffel bags needed to help foster kids

Photo courtesy: Cases of Love
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A Colorado Springs non-profit is in need of help from the public so they can help foster children.

Cases of Love is hoping the community can help them collect about 160 suitcases for kids as they travel through the foster care system. A collection event is taking place at Nordstrom Rack in Colorado Springs on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you have a new or used suitcase or duffel bag you don't use, you can donate through the end of May at several locations. You can drop off your donation in the following locations during regular business hours:

-Focus on the Family at the Welcome Center - 8685 Explorer Dr.

-Nordstrom Rack Chapel Hills East- 7645 N. Academy Blvd.

-Call 719-592-1700.

IF YOU LIVE IN PUEBLO

May 20-24
-Pueblo Association of Realtors 2220 Kachina Dr.

ABOUT CASES OF LOVE
Hello! Welcome to Cases of Love. I am Becky Wyzykowski. I began working with children in the foster care system in Greeley Colorado after graduating from UNC in 1982. I worked as a counselor at a Group home for juvenile delinquents, runaways, throw away children, (yes, that is what the system called children whose parents refused to care for them and threw them out of their homes), and abused children, and then I became a Social in Greeley and then transferred to Colorado Springs. I quit doing social work in 1992 when I had my son and opened a licensed child care home. I still worked with foster children as they have to be in a licensed child care home when a family requires child care for them. In speaking with foster parents I learned that the foster children are still being delivered to foster homes with all of their belongings in trash bags. It doesn't matter if the trash bags fall to the ground into muddy piles and breaks open, their stuff is just scooped up and put into another big, black, trash bag. This was the way it was way back in the 80's when I worked in the group home, when I worked for DHS and it is still happening 25 years later, I am guessing it was this way long before I started working in the system as well. So, last year I decided I was going to do something about it. I was going to ask my community to step forward and help our foster children regain some dignity and let them know they are not garbage, their belongings are not garbage. They do not have to feel ashamed when they walk into a new setting because they are holding a big, black trash bag full of their belonging. They have a suitcase, a suitcase that belongs to them. A suitcase that shows we care about them. A suitcase they can take with them when they enter the world on their own and still know they entered it with their belongings in a suitcase given to them by a community member who cares about how they feel. This is an annual event that I hope carries on and grows every year and will be picked up in other communities in other states because it is that important to our foster children everywhere. Again, welcome to Cases of Love,
Becky Wyzykowski